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John the Baptist came preaching repentance and baptizing in the wilderness of Judea, and he was sent as a herald to announce the arrival of Jesus, the Son of God (Matthew 3:1-12). He announced, "I ...
The first judgment of the earth was with the waters of Noah. The second judgment, which is already beginning, is with fire. Besides the literal fire, arising from physical sources, there is the spiritual fire of the Holy Spirit and the fire in the Lake of Fire for those who refuse to repent and take the mark of the beast. Mark 9:49 "For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt." Christ is saying here that to enter the Kingdom of God (v.47) everyone must eventually experience the baptism of fire from the Holy Spirit. It began in the earliest days of the church and will occur in even greater force in the last days before Christ's second coming. As the latter rain (Zech 10:1) first comes in small drops and then progresses to a torrential downpour, we see the first drops of the baptism of fire in our day with the experience known as "being slain in the spirit" and other phenomena people describe as like a warm, liquid, fiery infusion entering into them, often resulting in healing, etc.
Michael has place this quote accurately in context of Matthew 3:11 where 3 baptisms are mentioned namely in water, in The Holy Spirit, and in fire. Here are my thoughts based upon Scripture. 1. Baptism is the Greek word “baptizo” which means to be literally immersed, covered. The key thought is total immersion of the self into water, in The Holy Spirit, and in Fire. The Baptisms are "in" - (The Greek preposition is "en") not with/ by 2. The Baptism, total immersion into water, is unto repentance preached by John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit teaches through Paul that baptism in water is a participation in Christ’s bodily death by the prior act of repentance – a broken spirit and a broken and a contrite heart (Ps 51:17). The old sinful self is “buried”, completely covered in water. Christ, requested this of John the Baptist, even though He had no sin to fulfill righteousness (Mt 3: 3:15). For sinful disciples of Christ the old self, the “old egotistical self-seeking man” the sinful Adamic nature becomes crucified, dead and buried (Ro 6:6). The Water Baptism in iEsou christou’s name (Mt 1:1 Greek) comes mixed in the Lamb’s blood shed on PESACH, Passover. His blood to wash clean sins which have been confessed to Him (1 Jo 1:7-9). It has never lost its power to cleanse from all unrighteousness. (Acts 2:38-42). 3. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is total immersion in the Holy Spirit. The disciples were commanded to wait in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) to the power [dunamis, like dynamite] to come upon them (Lk 24: 49; Acts 1: 4-8). Being with Christ for 3 ½ years was inadequate preparation for service. The 120 or so Yehudi men and women received this immersion, infilling on SHAVUOT, Pentecost 30-31 C.E. The physical evidence was tongues of fire over each one and speaking in tongues of men and of angels. They were empowered. Filled in agape love (Ro 5:5). 4. The baptism in Fire is for purifying, the process of sanctification or justification – being made holy like gold and silver is passed through fire to purify it (1 Pe 1:7 as gold; Malachi 3:3 as silver). Seen in the light of this pattern of thinking the fires of purification are of persecution which all true disciples must expect as the norm as followers of Christ (1 Pe 2:21) because of their rejection of the world and its ways – the world’s values and norms, patterns of behaviour and thinking (1 Jo 2:15- 17). Living in Christ is to adopt an entirely new way of living (Acts Chapter 2). The Fire is also symbolic of the return of the glory of ALHYM (Ge 1:1 Hebrew) which was removed from Adam when He sinned. Disciples who agape Christ and obey His words (Jo 14: 21-24) and are baptised/immersed totally in The Holy Spirit become new glorified creatures (2 Cor 5:17), members of a new race of heavenly people (1 Cor 15: 48) in the order of the glorified Christ, and members of ALHYM our heavenly Father’s household (Eph2: 19-22). Disciples, as children of our heavenly Father ABBA as did Christ (Mk 14:36; Ro 8:15; Gal 4:6). That’s revolutionary! Hallelujah! Praise The LORD! Lawrence NZ
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